Free-agent DE Jason Taylor is looking for a place to play. Just don’t expect him to play for the Jets. Business is business, but this is the Jets.
According to the Miami Herald, Taylor told the media at his football camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that it would be hard for him to ever play for the Jets. Taylor, who spent 11 seasons with the Dolphins (1997-2007), recently said he would have a hard time playing for the AFC East rival Patriots, but the Jets could present a even more difficult dilemma, he told the Herald:
- ”It’d be very, very, very difficult,” Taylor said. “At the end of the day, if I couldn’t find a job anywhere else and the Jets called, I guess I’d have to retire or go play.
- ”I never said it wouldn’t be difficult to play for either [including the Patriots], but the Jets are the Jets,” Taylor said. “I’ve had a lot of history saying bad things about Jets fans. The fireman hat guy and all of those people in New York that are Jets fans aren’t the ones working on Wall Street. I’ve said all of those things, so I’ve got to leave it at that.”
What bad things did Taylor say? Prior to a game in 2004, he made this remark about Jets fans:
- “A bunch of them chanting their dumb-ass chant and all that other stuff, being the ignorant fans they are. I said it. I don’t care if they get mad at me or not. They don’t like me anyway. Quite frankly, I don’t care … I’m just being real. I’m telling the truth. You carry yourself with some class, and we’ll talk about you as if you’ve got class. If you want to act crazy and do all the crazy things they do, I’ll call a spade a spade.”
And then Taylor launched this blast after the Jets beat the Dolphins for their third win of the season in Week 13 of 2007:
- “They (stink), too,” Taylor said. “They beat us. They’ll go home happy, and their fans will be happy that they got three wins this year. Good for them.”
Judging from Taylor’s recent comments, though, it doesn’t look like he has learned his lesson.